Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2005 
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Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen
Untitled by Mick Sheldon
Untitled by Mick Sheldon

Mick Sheldon grew up during the '50s and '60s in Nevada. As a child, his fathera ventriloquist with a yellow monkeyran a local kiddy television show. Sheldon was apparently scarred for life when his mother made him dress up as a blue rabbit for the show.

A new exhibit of Sheldon's work opened last week at the Katrina Lasko Gallery. Called Maniacs, Twists and Bullies, the show focuses on paintings and woodblock prints that mix myth and religion with heroic doses of humor.

This exhibit grows out of Sheldon's own personal dramas and memories, some factual, some false. Check it out, boys and girls. The Katrina Lasko Gallery is located at 336 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Maniacs, Twists and Bullies runs through August 20. Call (505) 867-2523 for details.

A new gallery called Sea Space opened last week at 413 Central NW, exclusively exhibiting work by artists whose medium of choice is the frozen fish stick. Owner Phyllis Gumble is excited to unveil the newest member of Albuquerque's growing contemporary art scene.

"I noticed a lot of younger artists, especially in the graduate art program at UNM, were starting to work in fish sticks," says Gumble. "It's something I'd seen a lot of in New York, but, to tell you the truth, the level of talent in this new medium right here in Albuquerque is comparable to anything I've seen in Manhattan."

Gumble plans to host rotating exhibits, primarily group shows designed to introduce Albuquerque art lovers to some of the more cutting edge fish stick work currently being produced. With this goal in mind, she's transformed her new Downtown digs into a gigantic freezer, keeping the gallery's temperature at a steady 30 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid spoilage.

So bring a warm coat. Sea Space is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment. For details, call 768-3000.

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